James Cameron on the new theatrical re-release of Avatar

Jake Sully (voiced by Sam Worthington) and Neteri (voiced by Zoe Saldana) as Twentieth Century Fox's Avatar

(LR: Jake Sully (voiced by Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (voiced by Zoe Saldaña) in Twentieth Century Fox’s symbol picture
picture: Courtesy of WETA

If you haven’t seen symbol picture In a movie theater, “it kind of means you haven’t seen the movie,” at least according to writer and director James Cameron. Not that Cameron is the type to cast a spell on Blu-ray, Disney+, or an 85-inch flat-screen TV — in fact, wait, he’s probably that kind of guy. Regardless, the director now firmly believes that the best way to experience his 2009 fantasy and sci-fi movie is with the newly remastered version of the film hitting theaters Friday in 3D with 4K HDR.

While Hollywood hopes the return of Cameron’s classic 3D movie will help a slow box office launch in September, the Oscar-winning re-release is an opening act for Avatar: Water RoadCameron’s 12-year follow-up, which is set to hit theaters December 16.

For now, though, Cameron wants to talk about the origin symbol picture. “It looks better than it ever did, even on its initial release,” he said during a recent press conference, which brought the director together with cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldania, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang.

The audience will watch the movie “The way we intended to see it,” Cameron added. “The physical experience of the movie, we’re really excited to share that with people who’ve never seen it in the cinema.”

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Weaver, reflecting on her memories of playing exobiologist Dr. Grace Augustine, cemented Cameron’s position. “The only way you can go to Pandora is to go to the theater and see it in 3D — this is the rocket ship,” she said. When asked how much she understood what a 9-foot-tall and all-blue avatar of her character would look like, she admitted that when filming those scenes, she hadn’t made her “earthly entity” yet. “With Jim, you’re off the cliff, and you know that the best people in the world are in charge of every department, and you can trust the process will never let you down. So I had that, even though I didn’t have the answers to everything.”

Saldaña, whose character Neytiri has no humanoid counterpart and who therefore had to put all her faith into the film’s motion-capture technology, echoed the sentiment. “My imagination was never as infinite as when I was there. And the last time I remember that was when I was a child.”

“Zoe had nothing to act with but just these gray set pieces, and sometimes just a gray painted box or piece of pipe to hold onto,” Cameron remembered, as he discussed the motion capture filming techniques his team pioneered alongside visual effects company Weta Digital. “I think in the first few minutes, [audiences] He gave up on trying to figure out how it was done, because we mixed up several technologies that took years to develop. And so they succumbed to a feeling of being immersed in a world and in a fantasy.

“I just look back on everyone’s work and [am] So grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such wonderful people.” “And I think that’s why I immediately came out and wrote another, another, and another.” symbol picture.

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